The announced cause of death makes him one of the most recent high-profile victims of America’s opioid epidemic.
Tom Petty’s family has confirmed it: The American singer was killed by an accidental drug overdose involving opioids when he died last October — making him one of the most recent celebrities to die in the opioid epidemic.
Petty’s family posted on his official website:
Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.
Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.
On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.
We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.
Petty was one of the bestselling musicians of the modern era, known particularly for his own solo career and his time as a member of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
He had multiple drugs — several of which were opioids — in his system when he died, including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetyl fentanyl, and despropionyl fentanyl, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s not uncommon for drug overdoses to involve more than one substance.
Several other celebrities have died as a result of the opioid epidemic in recent years, including Prince in 2016 and Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014.
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